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The Devil Made Him Do It

John on May 21, 2007 at 1:05 am

A 19 year old father puts his infant daughter in a microwave (she survived) and the 20 year old mother says the devil made him do it:

Eva Marie Mauldin said Satan compelled her 19-year-old husband, Joshua Royce Mauldin, to microwave their daughter May 10 because the devil disapproved of Joshua’s efforts to become a preacher.

“Satan saw my husband as a threat. Satan attacked him because he saw (Joshua) as a threat,” Eva Mauldin told Houston television station KHOU-TV.

A Galveston County grand jury indicted Joshua Mauldin last week on child injury charges after hearing evidence that he placed his daughter in a motel microwave for 10 to 20 seconds.

Child protective services is seeking to take the girl away permanently. The father is facing some serious jail time and I suspect he’ll find little sympathy from judge or jury. If he really wants to be a preacher, he can get started in prison. Ten years, one for every second the child endured, sounds about right.

As for the devil making him do it, that would actually be comforting. I’d love to think that, except for the influence of powerful outside forces, no person would ever do such a thing. Unfortunately history shows otherwise.

Few people have gone where this guy did, but most of us have seen it from a distance. I’ve put the screaming baby in the crib and walked away as a last resort on several occasions. I’ve had the flash of rage on the freeway when someone cuts me off and gives me the one finger salute. We don’t need devils to become monsters. Under the wrong circumstances, we’re all quite capable of getting there on our own.

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